Author Archives: Allan Sand

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 11, Set 6

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: Stun, Medium 3 speed.
    6:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 6:00, Medium 2 speed.

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 10, Set 7

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 4:30, Medium 2 speed
  • Cheat: 4:30, Medium 1 speed.
    (almost impossible to get a cue ball down table)

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(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Pocket Skills (progressive): Long table sets - 1D Rail

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This setup concentrates on progressive pocketing skills. There is no concern about where the CB ends up.

This is a multiple cue ball speed and spin drill. See Cue Ball Speed and Spin Variations. Make sure to observe the cue ball action (path from OB, any rail action, etc.) until it stops. You need to remember the results when you are in competition. Continue reading

(D&E) Drills & Exercises - Down the Line (mid-table diagonal) Runout Exercise (1)

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This progressive exercise to improve your playing skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

Purpose: Runout all the balls on the table. Set the sequence before running the balls. Any failure, reset balls and start again. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - the Cluster Tactic

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

(This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)

Clusters occur when two or more balls are clumped together. A cluster can consist of only two balls, if they mutually interfere with each other. They create problems that often stop a run. To most players they are roadblocks to easy wins. Continue reading

(S&D) Safety & Defense - Player Personalities: Overview

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

(This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)

The personality of your opponent can have an impact on your game, especially if you allow his individuality to control your playing style. If you find yourself playing differently than usual, you allowed him to infect your thinking. Continue reading

(FAQ) Game Rules - 7 Ball

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These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions - to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

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(FAQ) What are different ways to keep score?

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When playing in a race to a specified number of games, or a game where points need to be tracked, you will need some way to identify who gets what. Here are a number of tools used to track who gets what points, scores, marks, wins, and loses: Continue reading